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minute wait. >> it's a beautiful day. enjoy. >> caption colorado, llc email@example.com good morning to our viewers in the west. it is thursday, february 23rd, 2012. welcome to studio 57 at the cbs broadcast center. i'm charlie rose. breaking news. a u.s. helicopter crash in arizona kills seven marines while in afghanistan two american soldiers are killed in the latest protests over koran burns at a u.s. air base. we'll also get republican debate analysis from bob schieffer and talk with robert gibbs of the obama campaign. i'm gayle king. when i see you at 8:00 we'll talk with lara logan about the risk of reporting from the world's danger spots. they may be the most unlikely oscar nominees to ever walk the red carpet. we'll introduce you today. i'm erica hill. john miller takes us inside the government's plans to stop a
potential iranian terror attack against. s. interests. is weight loss contagious? >> first as we do every morning, we take a look at today's eye-opener. your look at the world in 90 seconds. >> a mid-air collision claims the lives of seven u.s. marines. >> two marine korpts helicopters crashed during a training exercise. a full investigation is underway. >> two u.s. soldiers are killed and afghanistan erupts in anti-american violence. >> over burning of the koran by soldiers. afghan police struggle to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to break into a military base. >> they're encouraging afghans to kill them, beat them, and capture them. >> while i was fighting to save the olympics you were fighting to save the bridge to nowhere. >> the gop field piles on front-runner rick santorum. >> you have a new television ad that labels him a fake. why? >> because he's a fake.
>> a couple of the guys up there were focused on double-teaming me. >> in real life mitt romney an ron paul are actually very good friends. >> i just hope to god they don't ruin it by consummating their friendship. >> former university of virginia lacrosse player george huguely v, guilty of second degree murder in the beating death of yeardley love. >> pharmacist had just had enough when a young guy tries to rob her for the third time. >> his wing suit was working just fine until he hits an outcropping at about 120 miles an hour. >> all that. >> he's got pippen. >> it was ugly. >> what was ugly? >> everything around. >> and all that matters. >> how often are you on all fours on hollywood boulevard and it's okay. >> on "cbs this morning." >> we now present you with scenes from ""the help."" >> we now present you with scenes from ""the help."" >> we really going to do this? captioning funded by cbs
welcome to "cbs this morning." we have breaking news on two fronts this morning. seven u.s. marines died last night in a helicopter collision near yuma, arizona. we'll have that story in a moment. we begin in afghanistan where an afghan soldier angered over the burning of islamic hole by books shot and killed two soldiers this morning. the shooting happened as president obama sent a ler to the afghan government formally apologizing for the koran burning calling it inadvertent. mandy is in kabul. what's the latest? >> reporter: we're told that the afghan soldier who killed two americans and injured four others was in retaliation to the koran burning according to an afghan official. the soldier opened fire with an automatic weapon in a combat outpost in eastern afghanistan. there have been violent protests across afghanistan for the third day. in kabul around 100 people threw
stones at police officers and then police fired back on the crowds. they injured two people. >> mandy, what are the fears on the part of american officials that might happen here? >> reporter: well, certainly part of the american mission in afghanistan is to win over the afghan people. this is certainly causing a lot of ill feeling towards the americans, and it's making their mission here to train up the afghan soldiers a lot more difficult. >> the other issue, too, in terms of winning those hearts, there have been calls by members of the afghan parliament and others to attack americans over this. >> reporter: yes. members of the parliament and also the taliban have called on the ordinary afghan people to rise up and attack the americans. president karzai came out today to try and suppress that anger. he told members of parliament that the soldier who was
responsible for burning the books was -- did it out of ignorance and poor understanding of the holy koran. so they're certainly trying to work to stop the anger on the streets. >> i assume that taliban are trying to take advantage of this? >> reporter: absolutely. for the taliban this is a gift from the americans. every time incidents like this happen they certainly jump on it. they want to expose that the americans do not have the afghan's best interests at heart. so really the americans are going to have to work twice as hard to win back the afghan trust. >> mandy clark from afghanistan this morning. thank you, mandy. there is also breaking news out of arizona. two marine helicopters collided there last night. all seven marines on board were killed. a spokesman says the copters were on a routine nighttime training mission in a remote area north of yuma, arizona. they belong to the third marine aircraft wing. that incident is under investigation this morning.
the names of the dead, meantime, are being withheld at this hour until their families can be properly notified. in politics this morning, a lot of talk about the republican presidential candidates meeting last night for yet another high stakes debate. >> they're five days away from primaries in mish dpan and arizona and less than two weeks from super tuesday. the latest national polls show rick santorum's lead over mitt romney has shrunk to only one point. jan crawford is in scottsdale, arizona. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. this race has changed so dramatically since the last debate. rick santorum is the new front-runner. romney's trying to regain the lead. gingrich has plummeted. ron paul still remains a player. all that led to some fiery exchanges last night, especially involving santorum as these candidates clash repeatedly on issues big and small. >> the government take over health care. >> wait a second. >> there was a study that crust came out. >> reporter: the new front-runner and the former one
slugged it out. >> it would be a difficult task for someone who has the model for obama care, which is the biggest issue in this case of government control of your lives, to be the nominee of our party. it would take that issue off the -- >> first of all, lets me not forget that four years ago, well after romney care was put in place, four years ago you not only endorsed me, you went and said this is the guy who is really conservative and we can trust him. >> reporter: for most of the night santorum was under siege. ron paul hit hardest. >> you have a new television ad that labels him a fake. why? >> because he's a fake. >> reporter: santorum fought back. >> it was the most fiscally conservative senator in the congress in the 12 years that i was there. >> paul kept swinging. >> that's always a cop out when you compare yourself to the other members of congress. the american people are sick and tired of the people. >> reporter: the attack left the impression that santorum was just another washington insider. and with santorum struggling to get his footing, newt gingrich returned to form attacking the
media and bashing president obama. >> if we're going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is president obama. >> reporter: when asked about birth control, gingrich defended republicans and lashed out at the media for not investigating why obama as a state senator opposed a bill to protect fetuses and botched abortions. >> you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why barack obama voted in favor of legalizing that. so let's be clear here. >> reporter: romney also came out strong hitting obama repeatedly on economic and social issues, including the president's decision to require religious-backed institutions provide employees birth control. >> i don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen in barack obama. >> reporter: so did this debate really change this race? maybe a little. i mean, santorum just didn't have that stand out night he needed to close the deal. gingrich delivering that strong
performance may have gotten some voters back from santorum who have been looking for that alternative to mitt romney. of course, if voters remain divided by santorum and ding grish, that means the real winner last night was mitt romney. >> jan, thank you very much. host of face of the nation, bob schieffer is with us. >> good morning. >> rick santorum did not do, evidently, what he had to do? >> well, you know, i don't think this was a debate that changed very much, quite frankly. it was obviously santorum versus romney, but, you know, i suppose the people that like rick santorum going in thought he did well and those that liked mitt romney going in thought he did well. i don't think there was any great moment, but i'll tell you, i'm kind of like gail collins in "the new york times" this morning. she said she felt like she felt when the last episode of mountain abbey was over. what are we going to do now? there have been 20 of these things. i think they've been great. i think we've learned a lot about each of the candidates.
i think last night it was a two-person show, but i'm not sure i would pick anyone as a winner last night. >> so where do you think the race is now for the republican nomination? >> right there. i think it's going to be between santorum and romney going in. i don't think romney has gotten it wrapped up yet and may not for a while. i think this thing is going to go on. you know, it was interesting last night that gingrich was almost like the senior spokesman or the senior states man who just from time to time sort of offered an observation, but he was never really in it, it seemed to me. it was a back and forth between romney and santorum. i thought the best moment of the night was when they asked ron paul why he called santorum a fake in that ad. he said, well, because he's a fake. he has a way of putting the point on. >> then we said compare yourself to other congress people. that's a silly game. >> never turns out very well. we want to bring in robert gibbs, senior advisor to
president obama's re-election campaign. he's joining us this morning from the key state of florida where the president will attend fundraisers later today. nice to have you with us this morning. >> good morning. >> as bob pointed out, there doesn't seem to be a winner here. does this change at all the focus then for the obama campaign or does it still remain fairly squarely on mitt romney with a little bit of santorum? >> i think this is certainly going to be an interesting race in the next few days and the next few weeks. i'd pick up on what you guys have said this morning, and that is if you're watching this debate at home, there's not a lot of positive visions that are being offered for how you want to take this country forward. there was a lot of negative distortions and exaggerations. if mitt romney can call himself or describe himself as resolute in this debate, i think that gives you a sense of just how surreal things were. >> resolute was the one word he used to describe himself when asked to do that by the moderator. when you listen to the debate here, it seems clear that all of the republicans want to center on this question about the president. one having to do with the role
of government intrusion, government, whether it's about the church or some aspect of health care. is that the emerging question of the general election? >> look, i think the emerging question of this campaign is going to be strengthening this economy and putting people back to work. that's what the president is talking about. the president made a decision i think struck the right tone, to protect both women's health and to preserve religious freedom, but i think when you look at what the republicans have talked about in these debates, they're offering very little in the way of positive visions. mitt romney spends his time rolling out a tax plan that's a windfall for wealthy americans and will cost trillions and trillions of dollars and doesn't even attempt to pay for it. so i think, you know, republicans are doubling down on the disastrous policies that got us into this mess. the president continues to talk about how to put people back to work and strengthening this economy for the middle class. >> is the president worried about gas prices and also what might happen with respect to
iran? >> well, absolutely, charlie. i think the president's going to be in miami a little bit later today to talk about energy policy and gas prices. and i think we're going to have to have an adult conversation with the country. first and foremost, i think it's important for viewers to understand the number of operational oil rigs has quadrupled since the president took office in this country. but we have to understand this, there's -- we control 2% of the world's oil reserves and we use 25% of its oil on any given day. so we are not going to be able to drill ourselves out of this problem. we're going to have to drill. we're going to have to invest in alternative and clean energy sources like solar, wind, biodiesel. we're going to have to look for more natural gas. we're going to have to do a whole host of things and all of the above energy policy. >> i want to take advantage of the fact that i have the moderator of face the nation here not only to answer questions but ask questions. >> do you, robert, think that
these -- let me put it to you this way. they're saying we've had 20 of these debates. a lot of people are saying this is the last one, the last one scheduled. do you want to see some more of them? do you think this is helping the president or hurting the president when the republicans come out here so often as they have? >> well, look, i think if you're an independent or undecided voter, you tuned in to last night's debate, i don't doubt at all that you have been turned off by the type of nasty, negative carpet bombing distortions on each other and on the president's record. i don't sense that they're talking about the issues that people care most about. that's what the president is spending his time talking about. i don't think there's more we got out of doubt and abbey than we have in these 20 debates. >> what did you get out of that, robert? >> i watched all those episodes. it's a wonderful mini series. i can hardly wait for the third
season. >> and you'd love to have a house like that when you leave the white house, right? >> yeah. a couple. sure. >> filming now. >> ron bert gibbs, thank you very much for joining us from florida. bob schieffer, always great to have you here. you can see bob's interview with new jersey's governor chris christie on face the nation this sunday morning. thank you. security forces in iraq, the targets of a series of deadly attacks this morning. a string of car bombs and shootings in 12 cities lasted 2.5 hours. at least 60 people were killed. some 225 others wounded. the worst of it was in baghdad. the attacks appear to be the work of al qaeda militants trying to destabilize the government. in domestic news this morning, george huguely is waiting to learn how long he will be in prison. on wednesday a jury found the university -- former university of virginia lacrosse star guilty of second degree murder and recommended a 26 year sentence. whitt johnson was in the
courtroom for the verdict. whitt, good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. the question has been did george huguely intend to kill her on that might when he barged into her apartment in a drunken wage? wednesday the jury made clear huguely is a killer but not one who premeditated his crime. >> reporter: some overwhelmed by emotion, george huguely's family burst out of the courtroom. the final result wednesday night summed up in the pouring rain by prosecutor, dave chapman. >> there are no winners in this case. there's nothing but loss everywhere. >> reporter: after nine hours of jury deliberations, the 24-year-old former u.v.a. lacrosse player listened with no reaction as the judge read him his verdict. the jury deciding his vicious assault on yeardley love caused his ex-girlfriend's death. later during the sentencing phase huguely was crying. his head down as love's mother, sharon, delivered a tearful
testimony. every year that goes by, she said, i'm afraid i'm for getting little pieces about her. love's sister lexi was the next to break down on the stand. it hurts so bad. i've never wanted something so bad but to see her face again. >> we hope that they feel some solace from the outcome. >> reporter: love's family later wrote in a statement, yeardley's contagious smile, kind spirt, and gentle touch have left this world, but we know that heaven has an angel like no other. the lacrosse star was only weeks away from graduating before being found on her bed face down in a pool of blood. her life taken by an abusive, jealous ex-boyfriend with a serious drinking problem. huguely's attorneys who claim love's death was only a tragic accident vowed to keep fighting for their client. >> we look forward to some corrections in what happened here tonight. >> reporter: now the jury
recommended that george huguely serve 25 years in prison for the second degree murder conviction plus an additional year for grand larceny, for stealing love's laptop computer. the judge will ultimately make a final decision so that could still be months away. >> thank you. time now to show you some of this morning's headlines from around the globe. "the wall street journal" reports that google and other online giants have changed their minds and now support a plan to give customers the option of saying do not track their internet use. this morning in "the new york times" bill gates writes, shame is not the solution for
>> do you see them trieking on u.s. soil? >> john miller will show us what he cease about u.s. agents watching interests and what the fbi is doing about that today. >> also we'll look at a museum dedicated to african-american history. it is going up on washington's historic national mall. you're watching "cbs this morning."
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you've heard about it. seeing it, though, is something else. this is high flying jeff corliss. he's been profiled on "60 minutes." just releasing video of his recent accident that left him with broken legs. he was going over 100 miles an hour when he hit that rock ledge. the fbi is holding a highly classified conference today with heads of all of the field offices. the subject is iran and the possibility of iranian attacks inside the u.s. >> john miller is here showing us what officials are doing to
prepare. stay with us. you're watching "cbs this morning." local news is next. for, after their home in i'm grace lee with your local news. it is 7:26. a family of four is unaccounted for after their home in sunnyvale burned this morning. firefighters hope the family is away on vacation. but they are still waiting for permission to go into the home to look. they are worried about the structural integrity. oakland police are trying to find witnesses to an overnight shooting. the victim is currently in the hospital. he was shot in his car that was parked on adeline street. and students at laurel elementary school in oakley could be exposed to norovirus. the school is getting a complete cleaning. a look at traffic and weather right after this. ,,,,,,
macarthur maze. 20 minutes to get on the span. brake lights for silicon valley commuters westbound 237. drive time between 880 and 101 is now up to 10 minutes. so obviously in the yellow now and in the red, on westbound 580 out of the altamont pass, a lot of slow speeds. we had an earlier accident near hacienda in pleasanton and that backed things up. extra heavy towards the dublin interchange this morning but westbound 24 starting to get heavy as well out of walnut creek towards lafayette. that is trafficandd weather. skies clearing out down below look good to the coastline. temperatures not too bad right now, 40s and some 50s. but by the afternoon, again, it will be very similar to yesterday. well into the 70s into santa rosa, 74 in san jose, about 70 in san francisco. enjoy it. changes as early as tomorrow. ,,,,,,,,
something have strange happened today in trenton. trenton, new jersey, the capital of new jersey, something very strange happened. take a look at this. >> whether or not to redefine hundreds of years of societal and we -- and religious tradition should not be decided by -- >> okay. welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> i got nothing. i got nothing. >> me either. >> let's move on to some more serious fare this morning. we talk so much about the rising tensions between iran and the west. the president's national security adviser is just back from israel. it's believed that tom donnell
asked israel not to attack nuclear officials. now, meantime officials in the u.s. are trying to strengthen ties between police and intelligence agencies. john miller says of coordinated plots against israeli targets in four countries. cbs news has learned that u.s. intelligence officials have observed suspected iranian agents conducting surveillance on u.s. government buildings more than a dozen times in the last year. in europe, south america, as well as suspected probes in
bahrain. headquarters to the u.s. navy's fifth fleet. today, ralph boelter, the top counterterrorism official summoned the heads of 56 field offices to a classified 90-minute video conference to underscore that the bureau remains concerned iran would consider attacks in the united states. already at the national counterterrorism center, analysts are carefully studying a rash of recent attacks against israeli targets in india, georgia and bangkok. and they expect to see more. >> that's the fear. the fear is that would be the type of attack we'd see increasing in frequency. in seriousness as leading up to a conflict. >> tom betro is the former director of the naval criminal investigative service. ncis. >> could you see them striking on u.s. soil? >> yes, i could see them striking on u.s. soil.
>> and would that be iranian agents or would that be a surrogate group? >> i think it would be potentially a combination of both. i think they know psychologically, the impact that an attack on u.s. soil would have. >> in fact, last october the fbi charged this suspected iranian agent with plotting to assassinate the saudi ambassador in washington, d.c. and since 9/11 at least three suspected reconnaissance operations against targets including the new york city subway system have been disrupted by police and the fbi. tom betro, the former ncis director was a a key leader of the task force setting up iraq's operation. he said iran is a bigger challenge. >> we don't have as much intelligence about their networks as we would have had against the iraqis. i would say that the urgency, because of that type of warfare, that unconvention warfare is
part of iran's battle plan. it's much more important to aggressively disrupt those activities. >> why wouldn't they be worried that some kind of attack like this would provoke the very thing they don't want to see, an attack against iran and its oil fields and its nuclear facilities? >> i think the u.s. intelligence take on this is that an attack against the u.s. would come after an israeli attack as part of the retribution for support. but i think the other thing that general clapper, the director of national intelligence said when he testified before the intelligence committees, was iran is calculus about whether to do that. based on how much heat they're feeling in the economic sanctions that came after the plot on the saudi ambassador in washington. >> they believe that was directly connected, that plot, the to the iranian government,
not an offshoot group that was not a direct part of the government. >> they do, charlie. they didn't believe it all at once. they looked at it with a great deal of skept tichl. they looked at the go between with the mexican drug cartel and found he had keks with t connec with the special forces field team, it became clear to them that the story was as it appeared. >> if we were to get to this point, who is the person in iran who would make that call? is it the ayatollah khamenei or the ahmadinejad? >> it would be the supreme leader who they believe -- it's interesting because that classified fbi meeting across the 56 field offices directedly headquarters today examines the other end of that question, which is whoever makes that call, who would receive that call here and have they doubled
down on all their sources, have they checked all their old cases, hezbollah cases, fundraising cases. have they beaten the bushes to make sure they're focused on this, just this new york and washington and l.a., but across country. >> when you say receive the call, you mean the agents who receive the call? >> that's right. >> just clarifying. >> the purpose of the conference is to make sure that everybody appreciates the urgency and touches all the bases and the agencies are connected? >> that's right. i've been to the conferences before and they go around and say how many cases do you have against iran, human sources, wires, are we tapping that. are you feeding the information back here so we have the big picture and stay on? >> not just in the united states, other american embassies he might attack as well. >> frankly, many believe that's the more likely scenario, to attack the u.s. targets overseas. we've seen models of that back to '92 and '94 where they
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if you're wondering why i'm speaking the pope talk, it's because today is ash wednesday. the beginning of lent. wherein good catholics like myself make a personal sacrifice for 40 days to become closer to god. last year i gave up something truly important to me as a catholic. being catholic. [ laughter ] it was tough. it was tough. but i did get some great bar mitzvah gifts. gayle king has a look at what's coming up in the next hour. don't you, gayle? >> i certainly do. no pope talk in the 8:00 hour today. charlie, i'm in the green room. jeff glor is here too. going to take a deeper look at
the dangers reporters face covering conflict overseas and then live with lara logan approximate what it's like to work in high risk environments and lisa kudrow visits studio 57. everybody is excited to see brad and angelina walk the red carpet but maybe you should look out for another hot couple. andrew and gigi. mow rocca has more. getting back with your ex is a bad idea. my name is gayle. it's a bad idea. oh, it's not about me. i'm sorry. getting back with your ex-is a bad idea. i have a million stories from the naked city. you're watching "cbs this morning." your local news is next.
four members of good morning. it's 7:56. get you caught up with some of the bay area headlines on this thursday. four members of a sunnyvale family remain unaccounted for after a fire this morning at their home on duncardine way. firefighters home the family is away from home on vacation -- firefighters hope the family is away from home on vacation. the san jose earthquakes have approval for a new soccer stadium. the planning committee commission gave the green light to the facility. they had a lot of rabble rousers and happy people there. the commission approved a plan in december but had to consider an appeal by neighbors who were concerned about noise and lights. team co-owner lew wolff and his staff made some concessions in the revised plan so it will go up. we'll have your traffic and weather coming right up.
towards the east bay, and 880 through oakland, unfortunately those not sure lanes are backed up. there is an accident report near 29th, one lane is blocked. so you can see some stacking up behind it. it's slow and go from 238. elsewhere, to the south bay now, we have brake lights out of downtown san jose. especially on northbound 280 approaching the 880/17 interchange. san mateo bridge not too bad. there are some slight delays behind the pay gates. bigger delays behind the bay bridge toll plaza. jammed for 20 minutes. this is a day to enjoy the sunshine, the beautiful weather coming our way. we are going to clear things out all the way to the coastline. you want to head to the beach today you will find some mid- 60s right there at ocean beach. into san francisco about 70 degrees, sunshine and 74 in san jose. and about 76 in santa rosa. enjoy it. tomorrow return of the sea
the question people have for me -- >> it was ugly. >> what was ugly? >> everything around was ugly. it was a bad, emotional time. nasty things were being said in the media. it was just not a good emotional time. and, barbara, i take real responsibility for my own behavior at all times, but i won't take responsibility if i have not made a decision that i can live with. >> star jones returns to "the view" and so do the fireworks. it is 8:00. welcome back to "cbs this morning." i'm gayle king. there were a couple of "no she didn't" moments yesterday but i thought everybody handled themselves well.
did you see, charlie? >> i did. i saw it. i can't imagine where i might have been. >> it was good tv. it was good tv. hello, charlie. >> good morning. you know, my friend, erica hill. >> hi. i didn't see it either. >> we have to turn now to something that we discussed a bit yesterday. we now know more killing of two western journalists that took place in syria that we reported yesterday. american reporter marie colvin and a french report er. >> it is easy to assume social media and lightning fast communication will expose everything. that the slaughter taking place in syria will end simply because it should. unfortunately that's not the case. witnesses are critical as colvin and ochlik well knew.
>> reporter: this was one of marie colvin's last reports. a helpless child dying in homes because the syrian government won't stop firing on its own people. >> reporter: why is it important to see these images? >> reporter: i feel strongly these should be shown. these are 28,000 men, women and children hiding, defenseless. >> reporter: just hours after that -- colvin was killed along with remi ochlik. colvin said this is the worst thing she covered. she lost an eye in sri lanka in 2001. >> they are hitting civilian buildings, absolutely mercilessly and without caring. >> reporter: but as colvin insisted, our mission is to speak the truth to power. we sent home that first rough draft of history.
some might call that bravado, some bravery. but colvin appreciated the difference. she was apparently about to leave. the situation had gotten that much worse for journalists. her mother, rosemary. >> she said she was on an important story that she wanted to finish and she would come out today. one day -- one day would have made all the difference. >> reporter: since the uprising began in syria last year, seven journalists have died in country, including anthony shadee at "the new york times" last week of an apparent asthma attack. but this time intelligence reports suggest colvin and other members of the media were being directly targeted. >> we absolutely honor and praise the bravery of reporters who are placing themselves in extremely dangerous situations in order to bring a story of oppression and brutality to the
world. >> reporter: a total of 19 journalists have died since the arab spring began. marie colvin now becomes the latest. it is unfortunately hard to imagine she will be the last. joining us now is chief foreign affairs correspondent who knew marie and knew the dangers she faced all too well. good morning, lara. >> good morning. >> tell me about her and how she felt about reporting and who she was. >> well, you couldn't be part of the foreign media world and travel to these places and not know who marie colvin was. she was a legend in her own right and a pioneer in many ways, because as a woman she started to do this work a long, long time ago when it was even more of a man's work than it is today in some ways. and marie -- this was her life. she was completely committed to doing what she believed in.
and that's -- you hear that in her words and in her reporting just hours before she was killed. it was always about that for her. it was about bearing witness and giving a voice to the people that don't have one. and as she said so significantly, you know, if you're not on the ground to witness what was really happening in homs, then the syrian government could write whatever narrative they would write and there would be no counter-narrative to that. and marie understand only third-party people could fulfill that role. as much as syrians are doing their best, the syrian government, it is too easy for them to knock that aside and knock it down. and so marie took incredible risks to go and do that, and that was completely in line with the person she was. she was no stranger to risk, she knew what she was doing. she was one of the most experienced. and she was extremely smart about the decisions that she made, which is how she stayed
alive for so long. >> there's reports that maybe foreign journalists are targeted. do you think that's the case? you are someone that knows this subject very well. >> you know, the wonderful thing for the syrian government in this situation is that nobody will ever be able to prove what happened on the ground in hams, and they know that. is it a coincident marie was doing significant reporting just a few hours before she was killed? many people in that world don't believe in coincidences. we are not supposed to ever be able to point a finger directly at them. that's the function of war, the chaos on the ground, and the fact that the syrian government has done a lot to keep foreign journalists out of their country. they have -- they have gone further than any other government in the middle east that's faced these uprisings and being very successful in trying to control the narrative. if you think about what the syrian government has to gain from journalists, in many ways they can't lose.
they send a message to all other journalists they are not safe if they come to syria. they then followed up the incident by saying that any journalist who is are in the country illegal should identify themselves and have their status rectified. so they are able to go after the journalist that is are there and send them a chilling message if the deaths of marie and remi were not enough. and they sent a message to the syrian people. this is a regime that on a daily basis is slaughtering muslim women, children and men. and this uprising began with the torture and murder of syrian children. so it is safe to assume that being a journalist offers you no protection but puts you right in the firing line. because exactly what you are doing, what defines you and your work, the flow of information, undermining the syrian narrative, what the syrian government wants the world to believe, is happening in this country. that's why you're there. and they have made it very clear
how they feel about that. they don't want you there. >> it's not just syria that made it increasingly difficult for journalists. what have you noticed in terms of a change as you try to cover the most receipt conflicts? >> well, you're absolutely right, it is not just syria but every one of the regimes that stands to lose everything. that's the thing you have to remember as a journalist. when you look at what's happening in the middle east and since the arab spring is that these are governments that are about to lose everything they have. they have nothing to lose by playing it nice. they really don't. and in the way they treat their own people, that's what you can expect. it is well-known i was attacked in egypt. and many people were surprised to hear me say in the weeks and months afterwards that it was elements of the regime that were trying to discredit the revolution in egypt who attacked me. people thought that the
revolution had won, that people had won. and that wasn't the case at all as it became obvious in the years that followed. people are still fighting for freedom in egypt. if anything, that fight is far, far from over. these regimes will stop at nothing and journalists today are in a very difficult position in the middle east because they can't be independent third party witnesses anymore. it is not the same fight. a very high powered egyptian declared journalists as an enemy of the state. that's the same for the governments that stand to lose everything. you are the enemy of the state. and by virtue of what you do, you cannot be considered independent, you cannot be considered a third party in their years, and you have to remember that because it changes the stakes extraordinarily. marie colvin said this was the most dangerous conflict she covered. as jeff glor pointed out, that's saying something by her standards.
and it's true. >> you know, you said a minute ago, lara, and it gave me chills when you said it again, that you were attacked in egypt. i remember reading that story, it was very brutal and frightening, you could have lost your life at that particular time, and i'm wondering when you hear stories about the death of marie colvin and what you just described, does it ever give you pause? i admire you so much because this is something i could never do. do you ever have second thoughts about it. ? >> you know, what i'm seeing now, you probably would not expect me to say, but when i hear about marie's death, i feel guilty, i feel a little bit responsible, and i feel a little bit like a fraud. >> responsible how? responsible how, lara? >> for doing what she was doing. for being there on the ground like marie was telling the story of people whose voices cannot otherwise be heard. whose lives otherwise mean
nothing, because if you're not there to record the truth about what's happening to them, then it can't be stopped. no government can ever be pushed into stopping it. and it's worth noting, gayle, it is very interesting that the syrian government has been allowed to get away with slaughtering its own people with relatively little reaction from the rest of the world. and one of the major reasons for that is that syria is like a clandestine country for rent. it holds the secrets of a lot of major powers from russia to the united states, and that's one of the reasons that you don't see the rest of the world clambering to get involved in syria. it's a major reason. and so i feel like what marie was doing, that's what i was meant to be doing. that i should be there on the ground as well. and i know that i'm not alone in that feeling. a lot of journalists who do this work for the same reason feel that way. and we believe in that, that it is our responsibility to do it. and so it is very hard to hear about this happening to marie.
it is always hardest to hear it happening to one of the ones that you know and you know to be smart. because some people go in and do crazy things, not all of them, not most of them, but chris who was killed in libya last year, now marie, these people knew how to navigate a terrible situation like homs. and so it's painful. it's very painful, but asthma rooe would have said, you have to be smart about the decisions you make. and it is not smart for someone like me after egypt to go into a
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as we looked around the web this morning, as we do everybody morning, we found a few reasons to make a long story short. a vatican website said you can follow twitter -- he will tweet some of the them at pope to you vatican. many of the key ideas fit nice loy into 140 characters. britain's website has a story of public school teachers in new york getting plastic
surgery paid for by health insurance. it cost the city nearly $6 million last year. the budget deficit. $42 million. nursing mothers might want to cut down on coffee. it links to a new study saying newborns who are breast-feeding get irritable when they're exposed to too much caffeine. >> sometimes mommy is irritable without coffee. getting back together with your ex is a bad idea. research quoted says couple who break up then make up are more likely to make important decisions on impulse like having a child or getting a pet and that's not good. >> not good at all. britain's daily mail says the national enquirer is getting a lot of flack for running a cover photo of whitney houston in her casket. yikes. >> headline says whitney, the last photo. i think, erica, that is disgraceful. but the bigger question is where did it come from? >> who took the picture. you're right. who took the picture and sold it
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." >> early in the broadcast we reported on the battle for syria, the dproeg tension between iran and the west. here to talk more about that is retired general james jones. he's the former national security adviser to president obama and the kman dant of the marine corps. we're pleased to have him here. he's well qualified to talk about the important issues that face this country and the world.
let me begin with iran. your successor, tom donnell was in israel. where do you think this question of what iran might do and what the west might do in response is? >> sure, this is a long-standing problem. very complex. at the outket of the obama administration or during my first two years, the president did exactly what he said he was going to do. he was going to extend the hand of reason and peace and see what what happened overtly and covertly. we did that for the better part of two years. our friends the turks tried to influence them as well. there was always a cat and mouse game. at the end of the day, they have not shown themselves willing to be trusted and have not responded to even the logical offer of saying we don't care if you have nuclear power. we'll help you get nuclear power
as long as it's for peaceful use. between the ieaa and the national security council, the so-called p 5 plus one. we've made many overture that is are reasoned, logical and would appeal -- >> why do you think they've not been accepted. >> they've made the calculus that they prefer to be on the outside of this problem, not join the rest of the world in the threat of proliferation and the spread of nuclear weapons, the weapons of mass destruction. >> do you believe that sanks, including an oil embargo can convince them to make a rational decision? >> i haven't seen the evidence of that. i do think their behavior is indicative of the fact that the sanctions are hurting them because they are really squirming. they're doing things that are predictable. threatening people, cutting off oil to oil to a couple of
countries. they're threatening hormuz on o the access of energy through the straits. that's symptomatic of a regime that is trying to rally its people in support of its policies. but there's also in my view, a hint of desperation about things. i think the sanctions are hurting. we know that skyrocketing inflation, their access to capital is diminished. people are unhappy. we also know that the iranian people were the first ones. there was a persian spring, really before an arab spring. >> following the election? >> exactly. there's a deep resentment there in the fabric of iranian society towards our government and -- >> they made it there as an -- it was rally the national is particular spirit of the iranian people. >> that's what the government would hope to do. there's a lot of saber rattling
going on. in my days as national security adviser, we spent an awful lot of time with israel and russia in particular during the so-called recess days where we really got together and shared a lot of intelligence and came to a kind of common understanding of what -- what is the status of their nuclear program and what is the point of no return? when i left office over a year ago, we felt that we had a reasonable time frame. we know that they were having problems with the program with the centrifuges and things like that. so i think successor's trip is one that i have made in the past. >> it's one you know very well. i'm sorry for interrupting you. i'm concerned about the clock. because we want to talk about syria while you're here. we were talking about the death of the two journalists while covering the story in syria. now i hear reports that maybe what we need to do is arm the
opposition to president assad. do you think that's a good idea? >> well, you know, i would leave it to people who have access to more, much more information than i do. i do think that it's very important that we and our friends and allies have a plan to put in place the day afa sad leaves office. >> do you believe that's coming? >> i personally believe there's a high probability that he will have to leave office one way or the other. >> do you believe anybody -- have you heard anybody say they don't believe that's the reality, that he'll have to leave or be forced to leave? >> most of the people that i talk to and this would include people that i respect and know in the arab world, believe that assad cannot survive much longer. and so in that case, we have to be very agile and quick.
you can do that in different ways. you can analyze what forces might come to the fore immediately. they could be hijacked by radical elements. that's not what the people had in mind by the way when they took to the street and put their lives on the line. in syria, there's a tribal influence and it seems to me that a wise thing do is meet with these people, perhaps in jordan and turkey and out of the country. to start putting elements of a plan together for what, not only the united states but the rest of the world, including the arab world is prepared do to bring this greater transparency more freedom in future economic opportunity for the people of syria. >> i think that meeting is taking place. there is schedule to have those meetings. what would you need to know before you were in favor of supplying arms to the rebels? what fact would there be? >> obviously in an ideal world,
you'd like to sit down at the table with them and say, okay, who are you? what are you going to do with this? what is your vision for the future of the country post if somebody were successful and causing the president to step down? so there's no perfect solution here but we have example after example of other countries where we've let iran, for example, 30 years ago, that was a revolution that was designed to give more transparency to the people and it was hijacked by radical elements. if that happens in the arab world or at least in syria and egypt and libya and other places, then we have maybe a different world. but there's a risk here. but it could be an acceptable risk if we join the -- if we have a set of solutions to offer and put on the table that
includes not just sending in armed forces but economic assistance, governance and rule of law programs and a kind of a holistic approach to bringing about the better outcome for the people concerned. >> thank you so much for coming. one thing is clear. that a lot of countries are watching this with great interest. china, north korea and other places. thank you. >> if i could just add one more thing. i think that this century announce the potential of the end of tyrants in the world. >> that's good newsment. >> thank you. >> good to see you. >> thank you, gayle. she will always be feeb toy her friends anyway. but lisa kudrow is much more than a sitcom star.
in her show time series web therapy, emmy winning actress lisa kudrow, emmy winning, plays a therapist who cares more about herself than her patients. she's so inpatient her online therapy sessions last only three minutes. >> before we do this or sign documents, i was wondering whether you might be willing to go back to a 50-minute hour since we'll be doing it together. >> no. absolutely not. it's three-minute sessions which is why it works. nothing you've said in your 50 minutes sessions has been slightly interesting until this. >> lisa kudrow, welcome. >> what kind of character is fiona? >> she's impatient and superior and judgmental and appropriate and the worst person to be a therapist. >> does she have the credentials to be a therapist? >> none at all.
she has a finance background. self-serving thing. >> i'm wondering if there's something to a three-minute therapy session. i was in marital counseling back in the day. i guess i was taking too long because the therapist literally fell asleep. >> really? >> or your problems were not that interesting. >> i thought the problems were interesting. but they literally fell asleep. maybe fiona is on to something with three minutes. >> something about this too, you produce, act, write. >> yes. >> created this as a web? >> it's also a web series. it still lives a web series. don ruth, who is a fantastic writer/director and dan is in that clip. >> i love saying the name. >> we write lines and then it's improvised. i it's fun for people who come in and they improvise and takes half a day to shoot. >> she's got meryl streep. very cool. rosie o'donnell.
>> meryl streep plays a gay conversion therapist. >> you've gotten really great stars to come on and play with you. >> i know. that's been really lucky. from the very beginning, we called up jane lynch and said we're doing this web series. do you want to do it? she said sure. people want to play with us. then as they see it, you know, they say i think this is really funny. that's when i pounce and say great, do you want to do it? we'll sign you up. >> how did you come up with the idea? >> all right. i just thought because of what's going on -- what was going on at the time, at the time. everything goes so fast. it's only like a few years ago. people are doing everything at their computer now, their entertainment while at work. they'll watch these short things. a lot of errands are being done on liechblt i thought it would be fun -- >> therapy. >> i'm so technically challenged. for you lisa kudrow, you will forever be phoebe. that was a part of your life. i realize that was then, this is
now. do you miss her? >> yes. i think we were also pretty appreciative of what and grateful for what we had with each other and in the show while we were doing it, too. there are no regrets. you know, no missed opportunities or appreciation as far as that goes at all. >> when you're traveling and on a plane, people come up and mostly want to talk about phoebe? >> not as much anymore. because now the really fun thing is people are coming up and saying i love your show and someone will say i love, who do you think you are? people will say, no i'm talking about web therapy. that's very fun. they all mostly know me from friends but it's nice there are other things now. >> you're the mother of a teenager. what's that like for you? >> he's a sweet -- he's really sweet. so we don't have much nastiness. it's that normal, how was school? fine, same as always. i don't want to talk. >> this is what i figure. this is what i think works. you have to ask them a question
that doesn't require a mono sill ab i can answer. they have to come up with something. >> he's smarter than that. >> come up with that. >> he's smarter than that. >> thank you, lisa. continued success. >> thank you. >> great to have you here. all right, lisa. here's a tough decision. buy an apartment or make a movie? we'll meet a young couple whose impulsive gamble could pay off big time with oscar gold. i like it. you're watching "cbs this morning." ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
mo rocca has their surprising hollywood story. >> ever wonder how you would react if you were nominated for an oscar? filmmakers andrew bow letter and gigi causey are an ordinary couple who took an extraordinary gamble and are now academy award nominees for their short film time freem. >> it happened. we both freaked out and cried and then was calm for a second and then you cried again. >> yes. >> oh, my god. >> to appreciate andrew and gigi's excitement, you have to go back in time. their wedding three years ago. some not so glamorous tv and movie jobs. and the dream of buying an apartment in new york. >> whose idea was it to say, you know what, let's not buy an apartment,let make a movie? >> it was my idea. i kind of said, you know, this
isn't going to work. if we buy and apartment, this is what we're doing for the rest of our lives, for the next decade. i said why don't we make a movie instead. we did. >> this is right after the economy had cratered, right? >> right. a good time to buy an apartment. maybe not a good time for a risky artistic venture. >> make a quick trip. >> to where? >> they shot their movie in four days for $25,000. their entire nest egg. >> the idea behind time freak, how did that come up? >> time freak is a joke i shared with friends for many years. what's the worst thing you could do with a time machine? it's like oh, what did you have for lunch. i had a sandwich. if i had a time machine i'd go back and have a salad. >> time freak had an inauspicious launch, rejected by sundance and tribeca and telluride. >> that started to feel bad. >> made you start thinking about
the apartment then. >> i did. >> i'll say only faintly. i still felt we had done the right thing but it was discouraging. >> undaut daunted gigi submit td for oscar consideration. >> i took a picture. >> you took a picture of yourself -- of my hand handing the box over to the guy. i was very excited. >> it's on honor just to be submitted. >> gigi causey. suddenly, gigi and andrew were sharing the stage at the oscar luncheon with names like clooney, spielberg and streep. >> i turn around and i see my mother and meryl streep in an embrace. i'm sitting like that's meryl streep, she's hugging my mother. my mom turns around, gigi, this is meryl streep. i'm like, i know it's meryl streep. what are you doing hugging her? >> there's me, gigi's there.
>> this is a great row here. >> meryl streep, brad pitt, rooney mara. >> you're eek which distant from -- >> they got official academy award nominee sweat shirts. >> do you play pickup basketball or something? >> i'm going to. i don't. but i'm going to start. >> their week has been filled with pre-oscar hoopla all building toward the big night. >> maybe the most important question, who will you wear? >> i will be wearing a rental from mr. tux ed owe. renting is the new buying. >> i have a dress that i found at a thrift shop. >> thrift store, rental. you'll both look great and you're saving for the next movie. >> how has it affected your marriage? i mean, this whole excitement. it must be -- >> good. >> wonderful. obviously our wedding and our marriage is something that we celebrate and a memory that we
cherish. >> blows it away. >> no. the thing is -- >> i barely remember my wedding after the oscar nomination. >> we did this together and it was kind of like the extension of our post wedding plan. this was our future -- i'm getting emotional. >> they say if they could use that time machine from their movie, they wouldn't change a thing. >> oh, wow. >> for "cbs this morning," i'm mo rocca in hollywood. >> how great is the story. >> love them. >> i wish i was an oscar voter. >> andrew. >> if i was an oscar voter, i would vote for you. >> we got the story from our great friends attica ban a. our camera operators. >> come on, dave. wave at the camera. andrew and gigi are their friends. >> it pays to know somebody on "cbs this morning." >> just call dave if you need help for anything. >> we're pull for you andrew and gigi. a great, great story. >> congratulations and best of luck on sunday night.
mallicoat, with your c-b-s five headlines... president obama's approval rating is looking better in california. a new survey shows 51-percent of good morning. it's 8:55. i'm frank mallicoat. president obama's approval rate something looking better here this california. a new survey release shows 51% of volters would reelect him, 53% would approve of his work. he lead republican rivals by 20%. soon we'll find out exactly how many city workers were laid off in oakland due to budget cuts. oakland used redevelopment funds to cover more than 200 workers. it lost $35 million when the state closed the agencies. oakland saved some jobs by moving workers to vacant positions. fire crews say a sunnyvale family may have been on vacation when a fast-moving fire ripped through their home early this morning. it took firefighters about two hours to knock down the flames this morning. what a beautiful day. with more on your forecast,
here's lawrence. >> doesn't get better than this. lots of sunshine, warm temperatures all the way to the coastline today. we are looking good. blue skies over coit tower right now. the offshore winds continuing. those winds getting a little blustery over the north and the east bay hills. there is a wind advisory in effect upwards of 1,000 feet there. so down below we're looking good. 74 and sunshine in san jose. 74 in san francisco. high as 76 degrees in santa rosa. enjoy it. we have some changes that come tomorrow. the sea breeze likely to kick in carrying fog toward the coastline. definitely cooler temperatures around the bay area. much cooler over the weekend and breezy partly cloudy toward the middle of next week. all right. we are going to check out your "timesaver traffic" next. ,,,,,,,,,,,,
still one of our slow spots the nimitz through oakland. this line of slow traffic we have a lot of brake lights northbound 880 between 238 and the maze. the commute time is about 30 minutes right now. we had an earlier accident by fruitvale. that is now cleared. we are following city streets in oakland. initial reports showed this as an accident. but there is now some police activity right around the intersection of 63rd and market. watch out for that. we're hearing about streets blocked off in the area at 63rd and market in oakland. in the south bay, northbound 85 at 87, crash blocking lanes so slow there. 280 not too bad this morning. and san mateo bridge traffic still light.